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Various properties for which BoxHouse Antiques has supplied pieces


To respect our clients' discretion we only show a sample below: A semi derelict Palladian country house set in beautiful Hampshire parkland. It had been used as a shooting lodge for many years so we had the task of completely reinstating and furnishing the rooms in keeping with the period of the house. This project took [...]

Various properties for which BoxHouse Antiques has supplied pieces2021-01-13T13:25:12+00:00

A personal message from Alex and John Maas of Box House Antiques


A personal message from Alex and John Maas of Box House Antiques:   Most of you will already be aware of the tremendously good value in purchasing antique furniture, particularly after a look around various Knightsbridge and West End furniture retailers.   More often than not antique furniture prices will be a fraction of their [...]

A personal message from Alex and John Maas of Box House Antiques2020-04-06T16:01:13+00:00

How can you tell what you are actually looking at?


Here at Box House Antiques we offer a fine example of an English 18th century mahogany secretaire bookcase/ china cabinet. Georgian period, made ca 1760. All very well... but how can a relatively inexperienced interested observer really know what he or she is looking at? Well, here are some tips and answers to our many [...]

How can you tell what you are actually looking at?2019-10-30T09:46:42+00:00

Some useful interesting observations on late 17th century marquetry inlay


Some useful interesting observations on late 17th century marquetry inlay: A pattern composed of oval and shaped reserves on a burr walnut ground filled with small-scale intricate scrollwork is often described as 'Marquetrie a L'Anglaise'. This 'arabesque' marquetry is generally ascribed to the talented Royal cabinet-maker Gerrit Jensen (see Adam Bowett, 'English Furniture 1660- 1714'.) [...]

Some useful interesting observations on late 17th century marquetry inlay2019-10-30T09:36:02+00:00

Starting to build a collection


This quite basic information is largely for the benefit of our younger group of client/collectors. This group is growing in number. We are introducing classic and sophisticated pieces of antique furniture and objects, with a degree of refinement, into their predominantly contemporary interiors. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Tips for a beginner: As a simple rule of thumb when [...]

Starting to build a collection2019-10-23T14:22:50+00:00

Antique dealers with flair and good taste


Antique dealers with flair and good taste: Over the last 60 plus years we have seen many antique dealers come and go. This is inevitable for any small business, but particularly where a successful dealership depends on the owner's active and personal participation over a long period of time. There are many that we have [...]

Antique dealers with flair and good taste2019-10-21T10:33:55+00:00

English Chinoiserie, japanning & lacquering.


www.boxhouse-antiques.comThe lacquered objects and screens brought back to Europe by the East India Company in the late 17th century created a demand for larger, more practical objects which shared the same colourful and highly decorative surfaces of their Eastern counterparts. In order to try to recreate the rich and highly finished effect of oriental lacquer work, European [...]

English Chinoiserie, japanning & lacquering.2019-04-30T19:39:46+00:00

Antique walnut furniture


"Queen Anne period English furniture epitomises the highest pinnacle of sophistication and good taste". I heard this time and time again from many long time friends, collectors and dealers in antiques.Furniture of this period was often veneered in walnut laid down on pine. It's a lot to ask for this combination to survive 300 years [...]

Antique walnut furniture2019-04-16T10:52:49+00:00

Tea and tea caddies:


Tea drinking is most likely to have originated in China about 3500 years ago, for its perceived medicinal benefits. 'Taking tea' reached its zenith in England in the mid 17th and throughout the 18th centuries, when it became highly fashionable and ritualised among society's wealthy elite due to the extraordinarily high cost, not only of [...]

Tea and tea caddies:2019-04-10T16:30:27+00:00

Fake or genuine?


Since my early days of dealing - which go back over 60 years - I have witnessed some incredibly talented fakers at work using what used to be called 'breakers'. For example: large Victorian wardrobes shamefully re-born as genuine 18th century library bookcases; later to appear illustrated in high-end catalogues; much to the dismay of [...]

Fake or genuine?2019-04-01T08:14:14+00:00



Safe and efficient transport of valuable antiques, large or small. Guaranteed peace of mind using the experts. There are not many antiques businesses that can claim to have been using the same carriers for over 50, yes, fifty, consecutive years. Martin Brothers have been Box House Antiques' main carriers, and we think it fair to [...]


How to successfully buy antiques for sale on the internet


The main dilemma facing the internet buyer is one of trust and confidence. Here are some tips: 1. The antique shop should be long established, and the best ones are usually family run businesses. 2. They will have their reputation to protect, which was built up over many years. 3. The antique dealer will be [...]

How to successfully buy antiques for sale on the internet2019-02-09T11:51:02+00:00